Bethel College in North Newton is joining the more than 640 college and university campuses across the country who are adding a food pantry to the services offered to students.

According to the College and University Food Bank Alliance (, low-income students are enrolling in college at increasing rates; 39 percent of undergraduate students were at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guideline; and the majority of college students are classified as “nontraditional,” meaning they fit one or more of six criteria that include “single parent” and “must provide for dependents.” All these things add up to a need to help more students with basic daily necessities.

The Bethel College Food Pantry will host its grand opening at 3 p.m. Nov. 4, including a ribbon-cutting and brief remarks. Light refreshments will be served.

The pantry is located in the lower level of the Haury Hall residence on the Bethel campus.